A day after Narendra Giri, the head of a top religious body – Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad – allegedly died by suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, three of his close aides have been detained for questioning, including one of his top disciples.
One of the detained men, Anand Giri, was Narendra Giri’s protege and closest aide until they fell out in May. Anand Giri was allegedly thrown out of the priest’s group over allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement.
There was an apparent patch-up a few days later, with a video showing Anand Giri seeking forgiveness at the feet of his mentor, but the police suspect it was short-lived.
The two others who are being questioned are Sandeep Tiwari and Aadya Tiwari, who stayed with Narendra Giri.
According to the police, Narendra Giri’s students found his body.
On Monday afternoon, when he did not come out of his home for his traditional public meeting, his students knocked and found the door bolted from inside. When they broke in, they found him dead.